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Jan 21, 2015

German PEGIDA leader resigns after Hitler pose prompts investigation

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The leader of the fast-growing
German anti-Muslim movement PEGIDA resigned on Wednesday after a
photo of him posing as Hitler – and reports that he called
refugees “scumbags” – prompted prosecutors to investigate him
for inciting hatred.

Bachmann, a 41-year-old convicted burglar, had appeared on
the front page of top-selling daily newspaper Bild on Wednesday
sporting a Hitler moustache and haircut. Bild and another paper
said he had called aslyum-seekers “animals” and “scumbags”.

Jan 21, 2015

German PEGIDA leader investigated after Hitler pose

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – German prosecutors opened an
investigation into a leader of the anti-Muslim PEGIDA movement
on Wednesday for inciting hatred after a newspaper printed a
photo of him posing as Hitler and reported that he had described
refugees as ‘animals’ and ‘scumbags’.

‘Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West’
(PEGIDA) has forced itself onto the political agenda with
anti-immigrant slogans that have attracted tens of thousands to
regular rallies in Dresden.

Jan 14, 2015

Insight – PEGIDA’s anti-Muslim calls shake up German politics

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – Weekly marches by the German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA may not spread much beyond the city of Dresden where they began, but their message is having a profound impact on mainstream political parties.

The sight of 25,000 people waving German flags in the dark and chanting “Luegenpresse” (Lying press), a Nazi term, and “Wir sind das Volk” (We are the people), taken up before the Berlin Wall fell, leaves a strong impression.

Jan 13, 2015

German anti-Islamist rally swells after attacks in France

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – A record 25,000 anti-Islamist protesters marched through the east German city of Dresden on Monday, many holding banners with anti-immigrant slogans, and held a minute’s silence for the victims of last week’s attacks in France.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior German politicians have called for people to stay away from rallies organised by PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West – people who Merkel has said have “hatred in their hearts”.

Jan 6, 2015

Germany, France take calculated risk with Grexit talk

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Evoking a possible Greek exit from the euro zone, Germany and France are taking a coordinated and calculated risk in the hope of averting a leftist victory in Greece’s general election on Jan. 25.

The intention, according to Michael Huether, head of Germany’s IW economic institute, is to make clear that other euro area countries “can get on well without Greece, but Greece cannot get on without Europe”, and to warn that the left-wing Syriza party would bring disaster on the country.

Dec 3, 2014

Germany steps up CO2 cuts to meet 2020 climate goals

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s cabinet approved a new plan on Wednesday to slash CO2 emissions in order to meet its ambitious climate targets, but environmental groups criticised the government for not going further in reducing its reliance on coal-fired power plants.

The package, which includes an energy efficiency programme that could trigger billions of euros in investment, is essential if Germany is to hit its goal of a 40 percent drop in emissions by 2020 from 1990 levels. The broader EU is aiming to cut emissions by the same amount by 2030.

Dec 2, 2014

Germany targeting coal plants to reach 2020 climate goals

BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s cabinet will on
Wednesday agree plans to cut CO2 emissions by up to 78 million
tonnes by 2020, pushing operators to shut some coal-fired
plants, to help Europe’s biggest economy meet ambitious targets
to fight climate change.

The package, which also includes an energy efficiency
programme, is essential if Chancellor Angel Merkel is to avoid
the embarrassment of missing her government’s goal of a 40
percent reduction in emissions by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

Nov 27, 2014

German unemployment falls to record low in November

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s unemployment rate touched a record low of 6.6 percent in November, underscoring the huge gap in labour market conditions between Europe’s largest economy and its struggling euro zone partners.

The number of unemployed people decreased by a larger-than-expected 14,000 to 2.872 million, seasonally-adjusted data from the Federal Labour Office showed. The jobless total was the lowest in 23 years.

Nov 26, 2014

Far-left politician a new threat to Merkel?

BERLIN (Reuters) – A small eastern state is set to embark on an experiment that could shift the political landscape in Germany, loosening Angela Merkel’s grip on power and raising the chances of a future government in Berlin that includes fervent supporters of Russia.

Bodo Ramelow, a no-nonsense trade unionist who grew up in West Germany, is expected to become state premier of Thuringia on Dec. 5 in a coalition of his Left party, the environmentalist Greens and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), ending 24 years of conservative rule there.

Nov 20, 2014

U.N. Green Fund gets $9.3 bln in pledges at Berlin conference

BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Donor nations pledged up to $9.3
billion on Thursday to a U.N. fund to help developing countries
tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the
funds fell short of what they want.

The U.N. Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a major part of a plan
agreed in 2009 whereby rich countries agreed to give $100
billion a year from both public and private sources from 2020 to
help developing nations reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a
changing global climate.

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